The first non-Republic affiliated person who knew about it was Bogeega Be'Daay, an operative who informed the Hutt Cartel. Boorka the Hutt understood that the information would be fruitful if he gave it to someone who would be interested, namely the Confederacy of Independent Systems. However, Bogeega was killed by Wookiees before he could divulge further information.
General Sev'rance Tann made a surprise raid to Eredenn and stole the Decimators and a data droid. Then she moved to Alaris Prime in order to get the activation codes. Having all the Decimator power in her hands, she used it to capture the Republic controlled energy production world of Sarapin. The facility and the weapon were later destroyed by Echuu Shen-Jon.
The Decimator's body was mostly flat, save for a tower that sat at its center-rear, possibly serving as its control center. Just in front of this tower, in the center of the vehicle, was a large red orb. This apparently served some purpose in the firing mechanism. Even when not firing, energy passed through the orb in waves. When the weapon was activated, the energy would gather, causing the orb to glow a brilliant green, before launching a single, focused beam towards the target.
The scale of the Decimator is difficult to determine using surviving records. Educated guesses using the control tower and troop capacity as a reference place it around the size of a Self-Propelled Heavy Artillery unit.
|Certification||Imperial Ace Pilot|
|Crew||Pilot, co-pilot/operations officer, Engineer, Gunners x2|
|Weapon Mounts||Projectile weapon x2
Countermeasure x 1
|Astromech Technology||Flight computer|
The VT-49 Decimator is an Imperial multi-passenger assault ship featuring two turrets. Only Imperial Ace Pilots are certified to command major ships such as Decimators; when properly crewed, a VT-49 is a very dangerous foe. Like all multi-passenger ships, the Decimator functions best when manned by a pilot, a co-pilot to operate the droid commands, and two gunners for the Decimator's formidable weapons turrets, as well as a crew member to make repairs to subsystems. Decimators are also powerful NPC ships, encountered in high-end Imperial space zones such as the Dathomir and Endor Systems.
The VT49 Decimator is most correctly classified as an assault ship. It is heavily armed and armored, and built to carry light to medium loads into dangerous places. Its form follows its function, and its shape offers a relatively small target with no large fins or wings as seen in some of the less combat-oriented craft of the Empire, such as the Lambda-class shuttle. Armor and deflector shielding is particularly heavy, and the weapons load-out is fearsome and includes turrets capable of engaging any target fast enough to out-maneuver the VT-49.
As a ship built to out-fight anything it can't outrun, and outrun anything it can't outfight, the Empire uses the Decimator as a multi-role craft and will outfit it to suit the current need. Decimators make simple supply runs to listening outposts in dangerous areas like asteroid belts, perform long-range reconnaissance, serve as temporary listening posts themselves, or act as picket ships at the perimeter of an Imperial fleet. They are also called upon to use their weaponry to carve a path through enemy defenses and insert shock troops and raiding parties, or destroy their targets outright. A more recent duty that has fallen into favor sees Decimators being used more and more as long-duration medium patrol vessels. Also, being easier to hide than a frigate or Imperial Star Destroyer, Decimators have been used to set up ambushes in areas believed frequented by Rebel shipping; their cargo space being used to store food for the crew and ammunition ranging from missiles to torpedoes to mines.
Command of a VT-49 is a coveted position and point of pride among the middle ranks of Imperial Navy Pilots. It is a lightly-crewed combat vessel for their Captains to command without a higher ranking officer standing behind them constantly. Also, earning a reputation as a skilled VT-49 Captain is seen as a jumping-off point to service on the larger ships of the Imperial Navy. The line officers of the Imperial Navy generally look down on the rank and file troops not stationed on capital ships, but that hasn't stopped the rumor from propagating.
Though no official source has confirmed, comparing traditional Cygnus designs such as the Missile Boat, the VT-49 may be of Cygnus design.
Star Wars: Galaxies Station.com